Everton have sacked Sam Allardyce after six months after appointing him to get them out of trouble as the club announced.
The 63-year-old former England manager joined the Toffees in November as they sit 13th place in the Premier League, five points above the relegation zone, and was tasked with taking the club further away from the drop zone but uncertainty over his future grew towards the closing stages of the season.
Fans became increasingly frustrated with the team's style of football, and Allardyce's position was plunged into even greater doubt on Tuesday when the club underwent a major restructuring of the board without informing the ex-Bolton coach.
"On behalf of the chairman, board of directors and Mr Moshiri, I’d like to thank Sam for the job he has done at Everton over the last seven months.
"Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that.
"However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately. Again, we’d like to place on record our sincere thanks to Sam for his work with us over the last few months and wish him well for the future. read a statement from the club’s soon-to-be new chief executive, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale.
Former Hull City and Watford boss Marco Silva is the early front-runner to replace Allardyce, while Paulo Fonseca, Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger have also been linked with the post.